Charles Martel is a Frankish hero in the campaign of Tours in the Battles of the Conquerors in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors. He has the appearance of a Throwing Axeman, but has better stats, including noticeably longer range and faster attacking rate.

Like other infantry, Charles Martel is affected by all upgrades that affect infantry as well as any other bonuses that affect them. As a hero, he cannot be converted and can regenerate health.

Unlike many other heroes, Charles Martel does not have to live in order to win the Tours scenario.

Upon his introduction in The Age of Kings, Charles Martel was a Champion, but not found in any campaign scenario and only available in the Scenario Editor.

History Edit

Charles Martel was the Merovingian ruler of France during the 8th century. He rose to prominence in 713 and became King in 718. Martel was an avid administrator, developing the first forms of feudalism and often credited with developing the first truly Frankish monetary system. He established the first highly centralized authoritarian rule in France, but later divided his empire into two parts. The two would be reunited briefly under Charlemagne, but would remain enemies for a long period until French led armies forcibly re-conquered the area. Martel meant hammer in Latin for hammer; he earned this nickname by defeating through the Austrasian faction of the civil war, smashing their ranks with a frontal assault and assault form the rear, like a hammer. Martel was a talented commander as he defeated the previously unstoppable Muslim advance into Europe, something Christendom would not do for another three centuries.

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